Language games made easy

Many toys and games can be turned into opportunities for language teaching with a bit of effort and know-how. The problem is, we don’t all have the time and knowledge to do this. The good news? There’s a range of commercially available games and toys out there that have taken the hard work out of it for you. Below are just a few of the great games that incorporate language without even having to think about it.

Guess who: a great barrier game that targets a whole range of skills! Children learn how to ask and answer questions, as well as paying attention to particular attributes (e.g. hair colour, nose size, etc). In addition, they learn about using the process of elimination to solve a problem. Fantastic! Even better, this game comes in several versions, from the easier ‘My First Guess Who’ for little ones to the more involved ‘Guess Who Extra’ which has a range different character boards to choose from.

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Scattergories junior: just like the adult version, but simplified. The categories are easier, e.g. ‘boys names, things n the ocean, farm animals, furniture’, and you can also earn points for responses that don’t start with the target letter. This game helps children to think of words in terms of their meaning (i.e. which category they belong to) as well as their structure (which letter they begin with). Good for promoting vocabulary organisation.

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Twister: this game is all about following instructions! In amongst all the twisting and turning, children need to listen to the directions and remember them while trying to execute some tricky moves.

Celebrity Heads: the emphasis of this game is on asking and answering questions. It also requires children to group people into different categories (male/female, singer/actor, young/old), as well as using their memory skills to recall the information they’ve already heard in order to solve the problem. This game comes in various forms, and even Ellen has jumped on board with her app version, ‘Heads Up’ which includes a ‘Just for kids’ section.

Sylvie Kellner

Speech Language Pathologist

LET’S TALK Developmental Hub ph:3891 9111

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